How can I help my husband recover from extensive hemorrhoid surgery from a thousand miles away?
August 29, 2012 12:27 PM Subscribe
My husband will be having big hemorrhoid surgery while I am unavoidably out of town. What can I do before I leave to help him as much as possible until I return?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (11 answers total)
The husband has very bad colitis, and as a result has several inches of enormous, copiously bleeding, and often infected hemorrhoids: 6+ inches as of a checkup last year, probably more now. He has miraculously found a doctor who will give him a consult and surgery in the very near future, and we're really really happy about this.
But I am unavoidably out of town when he is scheduled for surgery. No "how to arrange to stay home" advice please, this cannot in any way be avoided or changed, and the husband frankly prefers to be alone when he's in pain so he's a bit sad but not upset that I won't be there.
I'll get home about a week after the surgery, and we do have a friend who is willing to be on call and to check in on him.
I'll put as much energy as I can into setting up his bedside at home to make his life easier and more comfortable while he's recovering on his own. Mefites who have had extensive hemorrhoid surgery or whose partners have had it, what important things do I need to make sure he has? What items are essential for comfort?
For entertainment we have a TV and laptop and tablet that I can arrange near him, and I'll get a pile of books in easy reach also.
Other things I've thought of were lots of water, lots of moist wipes, stack of towels, extra pillows for propping, lots of blankets that can be piled on if necessary without effort. What else?